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MGM Decides To Digitally Replace China With North Korea As ‘Red Dawn’ Remake Invaders
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A remake to Red Dawn has been coming for a long while now. In fact, the movie was put together and filmed back in 2009, but has faced many struggles and complications in making its way to the big screen. This new “complication” will not help its cause.

It’s being reported that MGM, the studio that has faced many financial woes and saw massive franchises like The Hobbit and James Bond in danger of never happening, has decided to make some monumental changes to the movie.

The original 1984 movie was set during the Cold War and saw a bunch of kids fighting the invading Russian Soviets, but in the remake it was decided to go with China instead, for whatever reason. Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway — distributors weren’t big on the idea of backing such a movie, especially with China getting much more involved in the movie industry…and having the money to back it up. The problem is, as mentioned above, the movie is already done.

So what’s the studio’s fix for this particular whoopsie? A complete post-production digital overhaul. The filmmakers behind Red Dawn will remove all traces of the Chinese invasion — flags, symbols, etc. — and replace them with North Korean flags and symbols. OK, so maybe not all traces. With the film already completed, the Chinese actors who were cast to make the movie can’t be re-cast and re-shot, so they’ll just be dubbing over them in North Korean.

Yeah.

I don’t know about you, but this may be the most disaster-bound thing I’ve heard involving a movie. We’ve heard about last-second re-shoots and other desperate attempts to put out a successful movie (most of the time ending in failure), but this has to take the cake. I can’t see one scenario where this flick’s story has a happy ending, but who knows, we’ve been shocked before.

Oh yeah, and it is worth noting that there is a brand new video game released recently called Homefront, which takes place in a future America that’s been occupied by North Korea (or the United Korea after a joining of forces with their brethren to the south). This game also has the help of John Milius, who just happens to also have written the script for the original Red Dawn. You can take that as you will; it’s unclear if the game played into the decision to use N. Korea in the China replacement.

What do you think of the outrageous measures being taken to get more positive attention from potential distributors of the Red Dawn remake?

[Source: LA Times]

4 Comments »

  1. I think this is so stupid, MGM just sold out the American audience in favor of communist China. Yet MGM still expects people in the US to go see this new “redo N.korean” version. Wishful thinking MGM, everyone knows what you have done, and they will remember it when this “new and better” north korean version flops at the boxoffice. My interest for this film is gone. Just release the version with China invading in the US and the north korean version in China.

    Comment by Larry — March 20, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  2. I think this is so stupid, MGM just sold out the American audience in favor of communist China. Yet MGM still expects people in the US to go see this new “redo N.korean” version. Wishful thinking MGM, everyone knows what you have done, and they will remember it when this “new and better” north korean version flops at the boxoffice. My interest for this film is gone. Just release the version with China invading in the US and the north korean version in China.

    Comment by Larry — March 20, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  3. i feel it just goes to show what the studios are having to do in order to get lower budget and lower expectation movies released.

    I think if they’ve had to do this then it does bode well for the success of the movie if you ask me. I’m still interested but i dont expect much.

    Comment by Ryan Jon Warren — March 21, 2011 @ 11:20 am

  4. I don’t know if I’d call this a “whoopsie.” A faux pas maybe. The funny thing is, I’m willing to bet North Korea still receives a significant amount of support from their big red brothers the Chinese. Just because the cash cow doesn’t want a direct correlation poor floundering MGM is willing to play ball. Also, @Larry, I’m willing to bet many people will never know or care that the movie was changed if it’s ever released. They just want to see explosions on the big screen. North Korea is a good substitute for China because the world knows NK is incapable of a full scale war against the United States and the Chinese surely have ulterior motives http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2009/09/chinese-road-to-socialism.html

    Comment by Anonymous — March 21, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

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